Let’s be honest here; it’s winter. This means that we barely go out because it’s either it’s raining or we’re just not in the mood to go out and freeze our ass off. And if we do end up going out, I'm buried under layers and layers of clothing. And after all that by the time I remember to take outfit photos, it’s already dark; by 3pm. Yeah, forget about it. So what I end up doing is cooking and cooking some more. Not because I have to because I genuinely like cooking. I won’t say that it’s what I do to destress or whatever (because seriously, I burn myself constantly while rushing around the kitchen) but I like cooking new things and experimenting.
So this dish came about just because I’ve watched soooo many American high school flicks and they all had meatloaf in one scene or another. So I randomly started googling and whad’ya know I made meatloaf today! And I’m so full! *burps* The first photo doesn’t look too appetising but trust me it was delicious! Omnomnom!
Okay I would like to say that I followed this recipe to the letter (substituting the meat for chicken) but I really didn’t. Halfway through I started adding my own flair to the dish. So if you want to try my version have a go:
1/2 cup Milk
3 slices White Bread
1kg Ground Chicken
1/2 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup Grated Mozarella
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Ground Garlic
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
2 whole Eggs, Beaten
1/2 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar, heaped
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
Tabasco To Taste
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.
Place the ground chicken, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, Mozarella, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.
With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a baking tin. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess and easy cleaning!)
Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the loaf. Spread with a spoon.
Bake for 35 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.
Serve with mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. Done!!
About the cooking time I’m not too sure so it’s really an estimated and just keep your eyes peeled. Alternatively, if you like a neater meatloaf you can always pop it into a loaf tin and then just bake! ;)
Husband and I are soooo extremely full from our dinner tonight and we have leftovers to boot. Yes; this means no cooking tomorrow! Muahahahahahahahahaha *burps* Excuse me! Haha